The San Antonio Spurs have suffered major injuries at the point guard position and one of the league’s best floor generals may be available in a trade.
The San Antonio Spurs were extremely excited about a potential breakout season from Dejounte Murray heading into this year, but those plans were delayed when Murray suffered a torn ACL in the preseason.
Derrick White was expected to step in for Murray, but he has also missed significant time due to injury and is still working his way back to form.
Injuries at the point guard position has been one of the reasons for the Spurs’ recent struggles as they’ve leaned on DeMar DeRozan to make a play on nearly every offensive possession so far this season.
According to Woj, the Wizards are willing to part with one or both of their All-Star guards in an attempt to blow up their current roster and start over from scratch.
With a five-time All-Star like John Wall reportedly on the market, should the Spurs make a move to fix their point guard problems?
Next: John Wall's fit with the Spurs
John Wall’s fit with the Spurs
John Wall is a bit of a polarizing player in the league, but there is no arguing that he’s been extremely productive during his NBA career.
He’s averaged nearly 20 points and 10 assists per game during his nine seasons in the league, and Wall is also capable of being an elite defender when he’s totally engaged on that end of the floor.
Wall has also become a pretty solid three-point shooter over the years, although he is fairly streaky from behind the arc.
Acquiring a ball-dominant point guard like John Wall would take some possessions away from DeMar DeRozan. While DeRozan does need someone to take on some of the offensive load, I’m not sure that duo would get along well in the same backcourt because each of them need the ball in their hands to be effective.
I would be excited to see if Gregg Popovich could get Wall to commit to defending on each and every possession. If Wall accepts that role as a lockdown defender, he could be one of the best two-way players in the NBA.
Incorporating a player like John Wall a month or two into the season is much more difficult than having a whole offseason to figure out how he could fit in with this team.
However, it would be fun to see Pop work with three All-NBA-caliber talents again in San Antonio.
Next: John Wall's contract
John Wall’s contract
I think the biggest issue that would hang up a potential move for John Wall is his enormous contract.
The Wizards signed Wall to the designated veteran player extension in July of 2017, which gave him a four-year extension worth $170 million.
That extension will kick in next season and pay him over $42 million per year with a player option in 2022-23 that would allow him to make nearly $47 million that season.
By that time, Wall will be 32 years old and he’s already had multiple knee surgeries. His aggressive and physical style of play will probably not age well, especially with his checkered injury history.
I don’t think the Spurs would be excited to take on the next four years of his contract with their current salary cap situation.
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While it would be fun to see if Coach Pop could transform John Wall into a dominant two-way player once again, the timing of this deal and Wall’s outrageous contract would prevent a deal from getting done.
The Spurs already feel like they have their point guard of the future in Dejounte Murray, even if he is currently recovering from a serious knee injury.
San Antonio normally doesn’t like shaking up their roster during the regular season, and making a move for Wall would require a major adjustment from the Spurs’ coaching staff.
San Antonio’s front office is too savvy to take on what may be a disastrous contract even if it could help them win during the next couple of years.
I don’t see the Spurs calling up the Wizards to inquire about acquiring John Wall, but they may consider making a move for the other All-Star guard in Washington…